“This is a time when you have to be very careful because the fog of war is quite real. And it’s all true, but nothing is real if it makes any sense, “Wittert said in part. “Formally, there is a real invasion. Here is a real fog of war. And I think that in the next 12-24 hours we will see that the Ukrainians are really aware of the predominant nature of Russian military power. ”
Unleashing Moscow’s most aggressive actions since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, President Vladimir Putin has shied away from global condemnation and new sanctions – and has hated his country’s nuclear arsenal. He threatened any foreign country trying to thwart “consequences you have never seen.”
Ukrainian authorities have described ground invasions in several regions, and border guards released security camera footage Thursday showing a line of Russian military vehicles moving into Ukrainian-administered territory from Russia’s annexed Crimea.
The Russian military has said it has destroyed all of Ukraine’s air defenses in a matter of hours, and European authorities have declared the country’s airspace a zone of active conflict. It was not possible to immediately verify Russia’s claims, as well as the Ukrainian ones, that they shot down several Russian planes. Wiert warned of the possibility of misinformation and the possibility of rapid escalation if the worldview turns to Ukraine.
“You have the second largest, most dangerous army in the world, the Russian army, the largest land army in the world involved in this massive operation. They are bombing and taking Ukrainian targets very close to the Polish border. That’s where the US and NATO troops are, “Wittert said. “Therefore, the probability of miscalculation here during the escalation is very high. It’s very easy to start a war. ”
Putin portrayed today’s Ukraine as a modern construction that the West uses to deter Russia, despite inseparable neighborly ties. Putin used these arguments as a justification for the attacks on Ukraine.
The relationship between Ukraine and Russia have been developing for more than 20 years since Ukraine has become its nation. Of those born after the declaration of independence in 1991, 87% consider themselves Ukrainians, and 21% of those born before 1991 call themselves “Soviet people.” But it depends on the region – 80% of Western Ukrainians want to be economically tied to the EU against only 26% in eastern Ukraine.
Earlier, Putin annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Witter said the attacks in Ukraine were not a repeat of 2014.
“History doesn’t necessarily repeat itself, but it rhymes. The excuse is a little different in the sense that Russia says that the people in the red zone are ethnically Russian, and asked for protection of the Russian military from Ukrainian aggression, “Wittert said.Morning in America. “So, in a sense, so what do we think based on how the Russian military works, and we see that this map is more about Russian attacks, that the Russians are doing a lot more than if they just wanted to occupy red zone. Of course, there is a desire to punish the Ukrainian military. ”
“It is a fact that for the last 30 years we have patiently tried to agree with the leading NATO countries on the principles of equal and indivisible security in Europe,” Putin said. “In response to our offer, we have invariably faced either cynical deception and lies, or attempts at pressure and blackmail. While the North Atlantic Alliance continued to expand despite our protests and concerns. Her military machine is moving and, as I said, is approaching our very border. “